Mates – the Chess Dating App

Three weeks before the start of the FIDE world championship, organizer World Chess launched chess dating app Mates. Billed as a way to find an opponent for a game of chess, the app came with a press release that doesn’t shy away from a sexual connotation.

Available both for iOS and Android, the app uses dating technology to help find “a chess playing partner near you.” Users post a selfie to create a profile that remains online for just one hour. If there’s a “match,” they can agree on a location to play chess.

Chess players are often billed as nerds or geeks. It’s interesting to see if indeed they can find hook ups using this app.

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